Nevada law prohibits certain types of conduct with regards to people’s personal information in order to safeguard people’s privacy and identity. Violations of the laws related to private documents or personal identifying info can result in serious penalties, especially in circumstances where people misuse documents or personal identifying info in order to establish a false identity or a false status.
If you have been accused of possessing or selling personal identifying information in order to es-tablish a fake ID or falsely prove a certain status, you can be charged with a felony offense and it is likely you will be looking at jail time. You want to protect your future and avoid harsh consequences of conviction, so you should call LV Criminal Defense for assistance as soon as possible.
Our Vegas defense lawyers will work hard to help you get the best outcomes possible, whether that’s an acquittal or a favorable plea deal or whether we can get charges dropped. To find out more about how our firm will fight for you, give us a call today.
In Nevada, it is considered a property offense to possess or sell documents or personal information in order to establish a fake identity or to establish a false status. Title 15 of Nevada’s penal code has an entire chapter, Chapter 205, devoted to property offenses, and the crime of possessing or selling documents or personal information to establish a fake ID is made illegal within Chapter 205.
In particular, the statute defining this offense is Nevada Revised Statute section 205.465. According to the relevant statute, it is unlawful for a person to possess, sell, or transfer any document or any personal identifying information for purposes of establishing a fake identity, a fake status, a fake membership, a fake license, or a fake occupation. It is unlawful to do this whether the defendant acts to establish a fake identity, status, membership or occupation for himself or for others.
Selling identifying documents or possessing them to create a fake ID or fake status is a category C felony in most cases, except in specific situations outlined within N.R.S. 205.465 when a defendant can face other charges. For example, if a defendant sells or transfers personal identifying information of a vulnerable or older person, then the defendant could be charged with a category B felony and could face a minimum term of one-year imprisonment and a maximum term of 20 years imprisonment as well as a fine up to $100,000.
A defendant can also be charged with a Category B felony and face one to 20 years imprisonment and a $100,000 fine by causing another person to suffer at least $3,000 in financial injury through possessing or selling identifying information or by selling the personal identifying information of five or more persons.
Finally, in other situations where a person possesses personal identifying information without authorization but isn’t doing so in order to establish a false identity or cause harm, that person could be charged with a Category E felony or a misdemeanor if the purpose of possessing the fake ID is to obtain alcohol, cigarettes, or tobacco.
Don’t try to handle criminal charges arising from a violation of N.R.S. 205.365 alone. Our firm has experience standing up for clients accused of possessing or selling documents to establish a false identity and we’ll work to help you defend yourself in the most strategic way possible. To find out more about the assistance we can offer, give us a call today.